Applied Mathematics faculty member Jun Liu has been named Canada Research Chair, as part of the Government of Canada’s Canada Research Chairs Program.
Jun is chairholder for his work in Hybrid Systems and Control. Combinatorics and Optimization faculty member Karen Yeats was also named Canada Research Chair for her work in Combinatorics of Quantum Field Theory.
“I applaud and congratulate Jun and Karen for their accomplishments and recognition as Canada Research Chairs,” said Stephen M. Watt, Dean, Faculty of Mathematics. “Waterloo is a unique and vibrant centre for mathematics and computer science, precisely because so many of Canada’s premiere researchers, like Jun and Karen, have chosen to make our university their home.”
A $500,000 investment over five years will support Jun’s research in cyber-physical systems and control. Jun’s research will develop fundamentally new theoretical and computational frameworks to facilitate the control design of trustworthy cyber-physical systems for a wide range of applications including automotive systems, robotics, medical devices and smart manufacturing.
The Canada Research Chairs Program invests close to $265 million per year to help postsecondary institutions attract and retain the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. There are 1,659 active chairholders at 76 institutions across Canada, including 61 chairholders from Waterloo, comprising of 14 math faculty members.